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Joffe, W.G. (1970). The Dream in Psychoanalysis: By Leon L. Altman. New York: Int. Univ. Press. 1969. Pp. 227.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 51:90-91.

(1970). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 51:90-91

The Dream in Psychoanalysis: By Leon L. Altman. New York: Int. Univ. Press. 1969. Pp. 227.

Review by:
W. G. Joffe

This book is well written and easy to read. In the main it can be said to be a descriptive account of an experienced analyst dealing with his patient's dreams. Chapter headings reveal the dream as it lends itself to interpretation on the basis of resistance, anxiety, drives, oedipal situation, creative ego and so forth. There is an abundance of clinical material presented in a lively transference orientated manner.

The technique of dream interpretation is demonstrated in a most competent and interest-holding fashion and from this point of view the book will be of value to psychoanalytic practitioners and students alike. It is perhaps disappointing that there is very little abstraction from the clinical material and there are no general conclusions drawn which contribute to dream theory in any of its aspects.

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